Hot on the heels of her collaboration with Posthuman on Super Rhythm Trax, Lauren Flax drops this old school bomb. "Sweat (Techno Mix)" is a stripped back, jacking track, powered by a purring bass and gurgling acid bleeps, while Flax delivers a more frenetic interpretation of this sound with the wonky tones and high-paced jack of "606Xox". The release also showcases Flax's appreciation of electro - the aptly named "Sweat (Electro Mix)" resounds to rolling 808s - while there's a more experimental side to her approach represented, as "She Can Get The Strap" features a slowed down minimal rhythm and New York house style vocal samples.
Bristol's Shall Not Fade presents a new DJ mix by Polish producer Bartosz Kruczynski aka Earth Trax, who just last week dropped his third LP for the label - The Sensual World. The 13-tracker saw the Warsaw-based producer prove himself as one of the most versatile and consistent producers in the game. This hour long continuous mix, however, proves his abilities behind the decks and comes also the individual tracks. Some of the highlights not limited to: the understated stomp of Trudge's emotive "When The Rain", the airy electro of Tom Vernon's "Disappear" or the ever reliable Harrison BDP taking you aboard the acid express on "Immortal", as well as the mandatory Earth Trax cuts "Trust Me" (dub mix,) "Fireflies" and "Dream Pop".
Omura sees Fracture and Sam Binga explore the futurist sounds of electro, and are said to have taken influence from acts such as Drexciya and The KLF. The LP is the result of 72 hour studio sessions and virtual collaborations, between their respective homes in Bristol and London. Feel the brooding sci-fi beats of "Advisory List", icy and glacial dub techno aesthetics work their way into "Lake", then bounce along to the dystopian ferocity of "Termites" or the nefarious computer funk of "Conditional".
Whenever we see the Dirtybird US logo appear in the store we know we are likely in for one hell of a ride, as they this time welcome the combined flavours of Nala & Nikki Nair inside for a beautiful two-track display. Following on from a blippy introduction, jam-packed with glitchy pad textures and synthetic dives, 'The World Is Always Ending' evolves into a custom-built breaksy barricade-buster, pulsing it's way through your speaker system with a combination of purposeful distortion and chilling vocal displays, giving the whole arrangement a very well thought out feel. On the flip, we take in the acidic drips and potent electronic landscapes of 'Escape', a very enjoyable back up bubbler that serves as a perfect B-side. Fiery stuff indeed!
Sound Synthesis has made his name with releases on key underground imprints like AC, Distant Worlds and Furthur Electronix - now he impresses with this fine EP on Nocta Numerica. The title track shows exactly why he enjoys so much acclaim; acid lines swirl over ghostly synths, supported by a brittle back beat. "Journey of Life" is based on a more dance floor-focused, pulsating groove, but similar musical elements come into play, with a combination of dreamy synths and warbling 303s sounding irresistible. "Welcome to the Acid Planet" is a darker affair; vocodered vocals are wrapped around a pulsating electronic disco groove, with bleeding acid lines adding to a sense of foreboding. The release moves back towards the atmospheric as it concludes, courtesy of the ghostly acid bleeds of "Spatial Effect".
British producer Matt Cutler aka Lone recently celebrated the release of his seventh LP 'Always Inside your Head' on Greco Roman, followed by the Natural Aerials EP featuring four remixes of tracks from the album. The album took in disparate influences such as shoegaze, Balearic / acid house, hip-hop and late '90s electronica and now comes in an expanded edition. His first album in five years, it marks two major changes, with both a new label and approach, working with vocalist Morgane Diet.